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Old 17th August 2012, 03:58 PM
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I know this area is supposed to be for plastic cameras (Holgas) but would it be worth expanding it to cover various box cameras and similar? They're not really medium format.

I have a several in the attic, including a Brownie Reflex (fixed lens TLR) and an Ensign reflex which I'm wondering if it's worth putting some film through? I think they are 127 format. There's a Vest Pocket Kodak up there too, but I think that might be too far gone to use.

I might just re-home them and concentrate on 35mm.

Roy
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Old 17th August 2012, 05:32 PM
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Hi, there. To the question if it's worth or not to put them on use I'd say that might be fun to try . I've got a Brownie Bullett II which happened to be my first camera ever many moons ago and back then it was fun for sure to shoot it . I remember the pictures, on Vericolor II, looked fine to a small boy and those 10x10 prints were sharp enough if I remembered not to get too close to the subject. The film can still be found, Efke and Rollei if I recall correct, otherwise one can still slit 120.

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Old 20th August 2012, 04:22 PM
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I think it would be a good idea to include brownies in this category. I have several, most take 120 film and with their single meniscus lenses can produce some interesting results. They are readily available at car boot sales, usually at very optomistic prices! I would advise anyone looking for a box brownie to go for the models which take 120 film as if you have the 620 ones you have to re spool 120 film onto the 620 spool.

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Old 20th August 2012, 05:01 PM
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Wasn't there a Kodak 127 Brownie in a black and white colour scheme in plastic? It looked a bit like a 35mm camera on steroids.

At least I think that it was called a Brownie. It certainly existed. It took good pics in reasonable light conditions. You just had to tailor the film speed to the light conditions.

It felt like a real camera but was very light in weight. It had I think two light conditions speeds( sunny and cloudy) but no focusing required. A great camera for introducing a youngster to analogue photography

Mike
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Old 20th August 2012, 07:01 PM
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Wasn't there a Kodak 127 Brownie in a black and white colour scheme in plastic? It looked a bit like a 35mm camera on steroids.

At least I think that it was called a Brownie. It certainly existed. It took good pics in reasonable light conditions. You just had to tailor the film speed to the light conditions.

It felt like a real camera but was very light in weight. It had I think two light conditions speeds( sunny and cloudy) but no focusing required. A great camera for introducing a youngster to analogue photography

Mike
Hi, there.
Might be this one http://www.brownie-camera.com/9.shtml. Indeed my Bullett II has been a great starter in the photography world for me, I still have it.

Cheers, M.
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Old 20th August 2012, 07:53 PM
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My Wife still has a Brownie that must be later than the one shown on the link. It's made of blue plastic and has a aquare button at the front.
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Old 20th August 2012, 09:28 PM
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Default Oh, memories!

Thanks for that link to the Brownie Marty, as that was the exact model of camera that I used about 40 years ago. What memories!

I also used a 126 cassette camera along side it when I first got the bug.

Both belonged to my Mum and knowing her, they'll probably still reside at the back of a cupboard somewhere! Must have a look next time I pop by.

Terry
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Old 27th August 2012, 04:44 AM
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Default Cameras in the attic

Roy, I am pleased to know you have several old box cameras in your attic. I earnestly entreat you, don't ever throw them away -- they are precious!!!

I would love to hear from you in these columns if you happen to take any pictures with these cameras.

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